Workshops Bristol

Clare Reddaway is delighted to bring a series of four writing workshops to Clifton Library, after a successful workshop at the inaugural Clifton Literary Festival as a guest of Foccal.

This will be a supportive group with stimulating writing exercises and helpful feedback in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Suitable for writers at all levels, beginners and more experienced writers. We will mainly focus on short stories but writers of any form are welcome.

The cost of each workshop is £16 (plus an Eventbrite booking fee) . Booking is essential. Please contact Clare here or phone 01225 428469 if you have any questions.

All workshops will be held at Clifton Library, 13 Princess Victoria St, Bristol BS8 4BX on Saturday mornings from 10.00-12.30.

The first block of four workshops will cover some basic story themes.  I have run workshops in the past on themes such as myths and legends, nature, genre and flash fiction, politics, writing with your senses, ghosts and memories as well as techniques like structure, dialogue, editing and character.  I am very open to suggestions if writers want to explore a particular area.

Workshops coming up:

Each workshop has a loose over-arching theme, allowing writers to explore their own interests through stimulating and creative exercises. The workshops are a varied mix of exercises and discussion, with mutual feedback in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere.

SPRING 2020:

8th February: Finding Your Story                                                                                  Where do stories come from? How do we pin them down? Once we have a fleeting idea, how do we turn that into something concrete, something readable? Come along to this workshop to explore some routes into new stories you didn’t know you could tell. BOOK HERE.

14th March: Character                                                                                                           The bedrock of most great stories is the character at the heart of them. Good, bad, ugly, sad, a liar, a cheat, a lover, a god – who is your story about? How convincing and well-rounded is that character? This workshop will include exercises that help your characters to leap off the page in their full three-dimensional glory.  BOOK HERE.

11th April: Dialogue                                                                                                          Raymond Chandler, Chuck Palahniuk, Irvine Welsh – we can all list writers whose dialogue sizzles.  How can you get yours to do the same?  BOOK HERE.

9th May: A Sense of Place                                                                                                       Do you want to set your story in a jungle in South-East Asia?  In a boat half way across the Atlantic? In a cellar in  Stokes Croft? We will be looking at ways to give your work a sense of place and to root it in its location.  BOOK HERE.

What the writers thought:

At a recent workshop looking at character, participants said:  ‘Loved it.  Lovely environment and people, great triggers for ideas and inspiration.’ ‘Enjoyable and inspiring’, ‘Very inspirational and productive’, ‘I loved the way questions triggered ideas that seemed to be close to the surface’.

At a ‘story’ workshop, where we worked on structure and narrative, the writers said: ‘Inspiring and engaging’, ‘SO helpful’, ‘Friendly feedback’, ‘I liked the mixture of tips, facts and writing exercises’, ‘Fun’, ‘Loved it’.

On Clare’s ‘Writing for Performance’ workshop the writers said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the small group and how supportive it felt.” “Totally inspiring!” “Supportive, convivial atmosphere.” “Brilliant. Well constructed. Interesting and informative. Well executed” “Really helpful” “Loved it – loved it all!”

Clare’s credentials:  

Clare is an award-winning short story writer who runs a popular live-lit event in Bath, Story Fridays, and in Bristol, Story Saturdays. She has run writing workshops for many years: at festivals and arts centres around the south-west, for Julian House homeless charity in Bath, for the Refugee Centre in Bristol and for the University of the Third Age in Bath. She runs a regular monthly writing workshop at her home in Bath. Her background as a script editor for the BBC and Granada TV and her MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa gives her experience of working with a wide range of writers.